I am working on getting a piece of land in the country, and may have a spot for bees in a couple of months. Is that too late to get them going so I can get some experience, and so they can hit the ground running next year?
Find a local location and get started with a nuc this time of year and then move them when you get the land. Surly there is someone that would let you put a hive out in a remote location for a few months.
Now is not too late to start a hive by any means. The bees send out swarms through May and June in nothern climates that survive the winter fine. You will probably want to feed them to help them get started. You could probably get a hive started in July, but you can't get anyone to ship you bees then and an early and cold winter could do them in. August is pushing your luck.
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I might have a place you could start a hive, or you could come play with mine 'till you get started. I am just North of St Paul. Just talked to my supplier, (Nature's Nectar over in Stillwater) and he may even have an extra package or two.
Here, near San Francisco, Ca., you can make strong divides in October with some stores, and they make it through the winter just fine if they are on the Eucalyptus flow, which starts about then. Swarms in April and early May can produce a crop by fall.
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